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Davis honored by State Health Association

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The Louisiana Rural Health Association (LRHA) recently met and honored individuals and programs that provide lasting contributions to enhance and increase access to health care in rural communities throughout Louisiana. Each year, the LRHA recognizes individuals and organizations in the following four categories: Rural Health Legislator of the Year, Outstanding Rural Health Program of the Year, Rural Health Practitioner of the Year and Rural Health Professional of the Year .

The Rural Health Professional of the Year recognizes a health care professional for their leadership in health care services throughout rural communities. Efforts taken into consideration include providing outstanding leadership, community involvement, lasting contributions to the health care system, as well as their outreach efforts.

The LRHA has announced it “is honored to name Chris Davis as the 2018 Rural Professional of the Year. “

 

 

Wed
14
Nov
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DeSoto Earns “A” Letter Grade for Helping Students Grow

DeSoto Parish School System received its annual report card on November 8, 2018 from the Louisiana Department of Education, which showed gains in the 2017-2018 school year. The school system received a “B” letter grade for overall school performance, as the state raised the bar for what it takes to earn that grade, and it achieved an “A” letter grade for helping students grow year-over-year. This puts DeSoto Parish in the “Top Ten” highest performing school districts out of 70 school districts across the State of Louisiana. This is the second year in a row that DeSoto has earned this recognition.

Wed
07
Nov
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Richardson takes convincing win in Sheriff’s Race

DeSoto Parish Sheriff Jayson Richardson cruised to a convincing win Tuesday night over Mansfield Chief of Police Gary Hobbs to finish the unexpired term of former Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle.

Richardson, who was appointed interim Sheriff by Arbuckle earlier this year, claimed a 62 percent to 38 percent victory. Richardson captured 22 of the 37 precincts and 6,681 total votes from DeSoto Parish voters. Hobbs received 4,040 of the total votes cast.

 

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Wed
07
Nov
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Community Enjoys Kick Out Crime Event

Sabine Parish Soccer Club, FC BOCA Knights, SB Knights football team, several police jury members, and local officials all helped make Kick Out Crime Day a success. About 40 area children gathered to play and another 20 local students who came to play basketball at the courts jumped in and participated in learning a new sport, soccer, and enjoying the free barbecue and baked goods.

The two regional soccer clubs were allowed to use the Police Jury field to give all area youths a chance to play and learn from coaches who have played at a high level. Both Joe Winningham of FC Boca and Chris Dodson of Sabine Parish Soccer Club have played in Europe as youth players and in national American soccer leagues or college as adults.

 

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Wed
07
Nov
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Bust Nets 500 Ecstasy Pills

On October 25, 2018, Agents with the Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force arrested two individuals after agents purchased suspected methamphetamine and ecstasy pills. The arrest was made in the Mansfield area from the two individuals during a month’s long undercover investigation. Throughout the investigation, Agents seized over 500 ecstasy pills, 2.5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, and 2 ounces of synthetic marijuana. Agents identified the subjects and obtained arrest warrants for Harvell R. Jones (B/M – DOB: 04/24/1986) and Latonya R. Moore (B/F – DOB: 07/30/1981) of Mansfield, LA. Both Jones and Moore were arrested and booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center.

 

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Wed
31
Oct
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Pattison’s Fashion Closing

After 44 impressive and influential years, Elsa Mims has announced the difficult decision to close her legendary boutique, Pattison’s.

This week, Elsa begins an unprecedented Going Out of Business Sale to aptly celebrate her store’s many years of devoted service to Mansfield and to her customers.

 

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One Suspect Arrested, Another Sought in Weekend Shooting

Mansfield Police Chief Gary Hobbs reports that on Sunday- October 21 at approx. 9:30pm Mansfield Police received a report of a shooting in the 500 block of Jacobs Street.

Upon officers arrival they discovered that a vehicle, driven by Montrale Brown, was travelling North on Jacobs Street when several shots were fired at the vehicle. Multiple rounds struck the back window and travelled through the vehicle within inches of the occupants.

 

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Wed
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Sheriff’s Race Tops Nov. 6 Ballot

The election of DeSoto Parish’s top law enforcement officer (Parish Sheriff) highlights the ballot facing voters on Tuesday, November 6. The heated contest has just two candidates, acting DeSoto Parish Sheriff Jayson Richardson is being challenged by Mansfield Police Chief Gary Hobbs.

The winner of the Tuesday, Nov. 6 primary fill the unexpired term of former Sheriff Ronnie Arbuckle. Arbuckle resigned in March of this year. That term actually expires in June of 2020. However, the election for a four-year term as Sheriff of DeSoto Parish will be on the ballot again in October of next year.

 

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Wed
24
Oct
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GOP Voters Forum, Amendments Discussed

The DeSoto Republican Party group met for lunch on October 18th at noon at Big Zach’s Place in Logansport. Their guest speaker this month was Judge Amy Burford McCartney. She explained the constitutional amendments that will appear in the upcoming election, and what a vote would mean for each initiative.

A vote against Amendment 1 would allow former felons to hold office. A vote for Amendment 2 would make it so Louisiana convictions required all 12 jurors to be in agreement. Presently, if 10 of 12 agree, a person can be convicted of a felony.

Amendment 3 seeks to allow government entities to allow donations of public equipment and personnel to another government entity. A vote against would require that local governments be paid by other government entities for equipment use.

 

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24
Oct
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Richardson Relays Road Concerns

Sheriff Jayson Richardson attended the October meeting of the DeSoto Republican Party held at Big Zach’s in Logansport. One of the most discussed topics was the Transportation Fund and safe roadways in DeSoto Parish.

The discussion over roadway money and improvements was the most lively, and the Enterprise asked Sheriff Richardson to elaborate on how the conditions affects deputies.

All agreed it is critical that DeSoto have safe roads. Richardson said, “Roadways with proper shoulders allow deputies to get safely off of the road and conduct traffic stops. Many of our public roads do not contain shoulders and deputies must be selective of where they chose to do traffic stops. Safety of the violator as well as the Deputy is our first priority.”

 

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